Darjeeling tea losing out in global trade
Darjeeling tea trade, which has lost its premium first flush tea due to the first 21-day lockdown that began on March 25, is facing problem in sending samples of second flush teas to its major importing countries like Germany and Japan as international couriers are yet to start full-fledged operations. These countries, which have been buyers of first flush teas from Darjeeling for decades, first want to check the quality before placing order.
Iran, which had bought, around 54 million kg of teas in 2019 has also started placing good orders with the tea exporters which has resulted in orthodox tea prices moving up by Rs 30 -40 per kg in comparison to last year.
Tamil Nadu’s farm-to-table scheme takes off
Tamil Nadu’s farm-to-table initiative has come to fruition rather unexpectedly, owing to the outbreak of Covid-19. The state has launched an initiative to ensure people get access to fresh produce without overcrowding the markets, where there is a chance of transmission of the infection. First, the state government announced the introduction of mobile carts in neighbourhoods across the state.
In line with this, the Tamil Nadu Department of Horticulture and Plantation Crops expanded services under its E-Thottam (efarm) portal to cover supply of fruits and vegetables in the capital city of Chennai.
Haryana CM urges farmers to diversify from rice to pulses, maize
Haryana chief minister, Manohar Lal has appealed to the farmers to adopt crop diversification and sow crops which consume less water like Maize, Arhar, sesame, Guar, Moong, etc, instead of Rice.
Giving detailed information about this, the Chief Minister said that the dark zone, depleting level of groundwater and its excessive exploitation has become a challenge for us and we have started to solve these challenges for the coming generations.